Visiting Assistant Professor, English
Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British Literature; transatlantic Romanticism; poetry and poetics; literary and critical theory.

Old Main, 215

Taylor Schey teaches courses in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, transatlantic Romanticism, literary theory, and poetry and poetics. He is currently working on two book-length projects. The first, “After Truth: Romanticism and the Poetics of Skepticism,” examines aesthetic and political practices of epistemic sufficiency that late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century authors developed in the wake of the Enlightenment. The second, provisionally titled “Hope is None,” explores how political despair has functioned as a central and yet occluded component of romantic, modern, and contemporary lyric. His articles are published or forthcoming in MLQ, Studies in Romanticism, and SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, and his reviews have appeared in Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation and Romantic Circles.

Areas of Study

  • 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature
  • Transatlantic Romanticism
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Literary and Critical Theory
  • Jane Austen

Fall 2018 Courses

  • ENGL 135-01 Poetry
  • ENGL 212-01 Introduction to Literary Theory
  • ENGL 386-01 From Literature to Film: Jane Austen and Adaptation

Selected Publications 

“Skeptical Ignorance: Hume, Shelley, and the Mystery of ‘Mont Blanc.'” MLQ 79.1 (forthcoming February 2018).

“Limited Analogies: Reading Relations in Wordsworth’s The Borderers.Studies in Romanticism 56.2 (2017): 177-201.

“Ritual Remembrance: Freud’s Primal Theory of Collective Memory.” SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism 42.1 (2013): 102-119.


PhD: Emory University, 2015

BA: summa cum laude, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2008 


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